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About Claire L.

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Los Angeles, CA
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I hold an MFA in Acting from the California Institute of the Arts and have been teaching professionally for over ten years. I teach Acting and Auditiong to young actors (10-18 years) and I also teach Public Speaking, Voice/Speech and Accent Reduction to those looking to find more ease and power when using their voice in front of others. I have taught, directed and coached young actors who have gone on to work professionally in Film, TV and Theater and my students have been accepted to renowned conservatories and universities across the country (NYU Tisch, California Institute of the Arts, AMDA and others). I am a passionate teacher who believes in the individual and in unlocking the creative genius, the impulses, the imagination and the unique forms of expression within each of my students. In my sessions, I encourage my students to
“play” and to discover how to both lean in and tap in to what is there and then develop relaxation, ease and focus on the task at hand - a monologue, an audition, a speech or working with a text. In addition to teaching and coaching actors, I have worked extensively in the corporate worlds in areas of Voice, Speech and Presentation as a coach and have taught group classes on Public Speaking and Presentation. I have taught and coached students from China, Russia, Taiwan, Italy, Japan in addition to the U.S. Throughout the ten plus years that I have been teaching, I have helped both actors and non-actors, those in the professional business world, gain tools that lead to freedom and ease of expression when speaking in front of others, be it at an audition, an interview, giving a presentation to a board or speaking in front of thousands at a Ted Talk.
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Maxx January 24, 2018
· Acting · In home
Claire is a professional. She is a natural born teacher who immediately clicked with my son. She gave him the tools he needed for an upcoming audition at a theatre conservatory. Anyone from beginner to dedicated professional would benefit from private lessons with her. We feel very lucky we found her with so many less qualified people out there.
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carson December 1, 2017
· Speaking Voice · In home
phenomenal intro lesson
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Claire L.

Los Angeles, CA 90027
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$70 / 60-min

About Elena D.

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Tarzana, CA

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About Elena
Hello!
Music is my life and my biggest passion. I've been a working musician and a teacher for several years and there's nothing more rewarding than sharing all I've learned so far with my students, to nurture their goals and aspirations and to make them aware of the great instrument they already possess. Every year I plan and host two wonderful recitals for my students, so that they can experience and share their progress with family and friends.

Here's more about me and my education:
I was born and raised in Italy and have been singing since I was a child but started a formal training during my teenage years with a private coach. During college, while studying Psychology at the University of Florence, I attended 2 different private music schools in Florence and Bologna, since it was not possible at the time to study music in Colleg
e. There I kept studying vocal technique, solfege, classical guitar and music harmony.
I moved to LA 11 years ago and attended Musician's Institute earning a diploma in Vocal Studies and Vocal Performance and then I attended a Composition & Songwriting Program at UCLA for 2 years. I refined my vocal technique studying at Berkley College of Music for a summertime in a special program for Jazz Vocalists and I have been an Alexander Technique's student for now 10+ years.
I am a performing artist, I sing and teach privately for a living and, on the side, I help an Opera Touring company promote their tours. I have performed all over the country in some beautiful venues such as the Getty Center and Pantages Theater to name a few. Guitar is my second instrument but I accompany students with my piano during vocal exercises. My personal style of singing is modern, not operatic, I love many kinds of music but especially pop, jazz, and musical theater.

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**Singing: Teaching Adults**
There are two sides of singing that I like to work on with my students.
The first is vocal technique, which is first and foremost the study of how to use our instrument, our whole body, in the best and most useful way to avoid strain ad create beautiful sounds. I believe that when we relax and use the right posture, meaning the most natural one, then our bodies and our breathing mechanisms act as they are supposed to, and singing magically happens at its best. When we learn to use our bodies without strain, the right "singing" muscles are automatically engaged and exercised and we feel at ease. So I try to encourage a non-forceful way to use diaphragmatic breathing, which I have learned by studying Alexander Technique, which is a technique that teaches people how to stop using unnecessary levels of muscular and mental tension during any activity, especially during an artistic performance of any kind.
I try to notice bad singing habits the student may have formed throughout his/her life, (hopefully none!), and gently help them correct them. The vocal exercises I use are drawn from the Bel Canto tradition, a classical tradition, but I mix them with more modern vocal exercises to develop popular techniques like "belting" for example.
The second side of singing is simply to pay attention to song interpretation, to convey the message we would like to convey. I encourage the student to choose songs to work on they truly love, and I welcome any style of music. I give the students vocal exercises CDs to help them practice at home.

**Singing: Teaching Children**
What I described above is also true for teaching children, however I like to teach them "by ear" with simple vocal exercises and vocal games at the beginning of the lesson and try to ease them into the sound they naturally make. I like to create a positive environment in which the student can feel successful about even small achievements, whether it is standing in a relaxed way or having practiced the beginning of an exercise or part of a song. To help the student practice at home and keep the motivation alive without feeling overwhelmed I record each lesson (or let them record it) and give them the accompaniment for the song of their choice so they can have fun at home.

*** GUITAR ***
I teach young children using fun songs, games and classical guitar technique. I also teach adults and specialize in contemporary guitar. I welcome many styles of music, pop, rock as well as folk genres of Latin America. I emphasize good posture, tone and musicality, and always a high level of enjoyment with the process!

*** RECITALS ***
I plan and host 2 wonderful Recitals a year, one in January and one in June. I encourage all my students to participate, no matter how they may feel about their instrument level and preparation. Working towards a performance is one of the most effective ways to solidify your ever growing skill!

*** Studio Equipment ***
For students who come to my home studio, there is private guest parking right outside my building, in a gated complex of buildings and in a safe neighborhood just north of the 101. My studio is conveniently located just a few blocks from the freeway entrance. I have a comfortable sofa for parents and siblings to attend the lessons and a keyboard to use for accompaniment. Also, I periodically offer my students the chance to record one song in my studio, equipped with nice microphones and a professional recording system.

*** Travel Equipment ***
For singing lessons I bring my small and light master-keyboard and laptop or I can use the student piano/keyboard. For children's lesson I ask my students to bring a notebook to keep track of practice assignments.

*** Specialties ***
Music theory and Songwriting. Stage performance and how to feel comfortable on stage. Additionally I teach vocal jazz improvisation, Broadway singing and Italian song repertoire.
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David F. March 27, 2019
· Guitar · Online
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Carrie P. December 27, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Elena is an amazing teacher! She has taught my 9 year old both singing and ukelele, and inspired her to practice without me prompting her! She's flexible with scheduling changes, offers a wonderful experience for children learning to use a microphone, uses humor to make her students comfortable and offers participation in a biannual performance at a venue. This opportunity to perform in front of an audience with a professional multi-camera recording is such a plus! I can't say enough good things about her teaching style, and how quickly my daughter has gained confidence in singing and playing an instrument as a result. My daughter is inspired to play and sing as she sees quick results and enjoys her sessions. I highly recommend Elena as a music instructor for any age!
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David N. October 25, 2018
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Excellent session. It pointed out what I need to work on, specifically.
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Elena D.

Tarzana, CA 91356
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About David T.

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North Hollywood, CA

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About David
Film credits include Swing Kids with Christian Bail & Robert Shawn Lenard; Pleasantville with Reese Witherspoon & Toby McGuire, Stay Tuned with John Ritter along with Plain Cloths, Stepfather III, Walking Thunder, Roomates, and The Hazing to name a few. Television series roles include “Sessions,” produced by Billy Crystal, as well as “One Life to Live” as Paul Cramer, “Roommates” as Brady, “Worlds Apart,” “Buddies,” “Salute your Shorts,” “Good Behavior” as Cozy Boy, “Brand New Life” as Bart McCray, and “The Young and The Restless” as Billy Abbott. Recent top rated TV shows include NCIS and NCIS New Orleans and CSI Los Vegas. See Resume in Photo and Video as pdf to see more.
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Heather H. June 14, 2019
· Improv Acting · Online
David is such a supportive, knowledgeable, and fun teacher! His improv lessons are enriching my life and career in major ways by helping me access my power and leave my petty worries and self-consciousness behind. I highly recommended him!
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Kirk W. May 13, 2019
· Acting · In studio
David is generous, kind and very real. I like that he is a working actor not just a teacher, which I feel is an advantage in learning what it really takes to be a good actor... it's 'real technique' from the 'real deal' ...highly recommend David!!!!!
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Nicole M. May 1, 2019
· Acting · Online
First class went well! I’m excited to continue working with David!
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David T.

North Hollywood, CA 91601
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About Adam G.

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Los Angeles, CA
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Graduated New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in 2007.
Majored in Dramatic Writing and minored in English
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jolie February 5, 2017
· Screenwriting · Online
Adam is a really great listener and excellent source of thought provoking, well timed input that has really helped me develop and improve my story organically without changing its intention with strong suggestions as most people's feedback often attempts to do. If you're looking for a hand in finding your own voice and to strengthen your writing skills or excellent constructive feedback for your story then look no further.
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David April 5, 2016
· Screenwriting · Online
Adam Gaines is a godsend. I was really lucky to have his guidance over the years which helped my craft and dedication to the art of writing greatly. He is a proven writer with legitimate credits but also, he actually cares. He is always ready to help and takes your material seriously which is most important when you want honest feedback and guidance. He has an encyclopedic knowledge of films, screenwriting, and the industry that is both impressive and beneficial. He is a wonderful friend and mentor who will always have a great recommendation or suggestion ready for your work and/or career. Adam is an extremely open individual with an immense passion for film and the craft of screenwriting which becomes infectious. That trait is crucial since it keeps you driven to keep learning and grow. He is also an excellent conversationalist with his own voice which is truly refreshing. Highly recommend.
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Shadia April 5, 2016
· Screenwriting · Online
Adam gives you insightful comments on how to make you a better writer. He knows what good dialogue sounds like and with a couple suggestions you instantly know how to re-work your writing to give it a natural flow.
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Adam G.

Los Angeles, CA 90046
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About Hunter S.

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Pasadena, CA
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About Hunter
From the hit TV comedy Crazy Ex-Girlfriend to drama at The Tony Award winning Steppenwolf Theater, my 20 year acting career has taught me many lessons to share. As a working writer/director this has only grown.

I love teaching. There are few things as rewarding as being a part of a students development and their personal victories.
Many of my students have achieved notable representation and consistently work. Other students are simply pursuing acting as a passion or a tool to gain confidence. Whether it's audition prep or personal development, if you bring the drive, I promise to get you to your goals ... oh, and we'll have a lot of fun on the way. After all, it's called a "play" for a reason.
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Kenya August 28, 2018
· Child Acting · Online
he's nice fun and very good at teaching acting and doing acting.
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Timothy Robinson July 14, 2018
· Improv Acting · In home
Patient, kind and talented . Highly recommended !
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Kenya October 10, 2017
· Child Acting · Online
nice and fun
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Hunter S.

Los Angeles, CA 90028
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About Lillian DuJour B.

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Newport Beach, CA
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About Lillian DuJour
Burlesque 'How to be Sexy at any age'.
I am a professional gold medal figure skater who made her jump into pasties.

My love to teach, encourage and create passion is what you will experience when working with me...with a lot of fun & laughter along the way of your development!

Burlesque when taught right, empowers women of all ages with confidence and inter-beauty, which I enjoy bringing out in my students.

The art of Burlesque is unique as it has so many facets from sexiness, act development, costume creativity and truly is story telling.

Burlesque is back! Come with me on your new journey finding your 'JeNe Se Qua'!
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Lillian DuJour B.

Newport Beach, CA 92663
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$79 / 60-min

About Rosaria V.

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Los Angeles, CA
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About Rosaria
My name is Rosaria, I'm from Italy and I'm a Professional ballroom dance teacher. I beginning ballroom dance since I was 7 years old! I competed all over Europe and for the last 5 years I compete a lot in USA!i I teach single person, couple, groups from beginners lever to very advanced level! The best part of my job is when people prove them self that they can dance and day by day they became more excited to were them dance shoes and start to enjoy the music and to feel them body! As a dance teacher all what I want to see is people happy when they dance! Are you ready to risk being happy dancing? yes? Let's do it!!!

The dances that I teach are: Waltz, Tango, Fox Trot, V. Waltz, Quick Step, Samba, Cha Cha Cha, Rumba, Paso Doble, Jive, Salsa, Mambo, Merengue, Swing, Bachata.
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Ady September 20, 2018
· Ballroom Dance · In home
I am a competitive ballroom pro/am student and I’ve been dancing and competing for years. I had the privilege of studying ballroom dance with Rosaria. She is one of the most talented and beautiful dancers I have ever seen. What makes her an outstanding teacher, however, is her ability to teach. She knows what needs to be done step by step. Whether it’s basic technique, or styling, or even choreography, Rosaria was able to help me improve each time. She works tirelessly at finding different ways to explain the techniques she is teaching. I learned and enjoyed my dancing more with her than with any other ballroom teacher. Ever. Her professionalism, her dedication, and her artistry are one of a kind.
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Rosaria V.

Los Angeles, CA 90034
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$60 / 45-min

About Nadia M.

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Los Angeles, CA

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About Nadia
Hi there, my future student! Did you know that the biggest challenge of partnership dancing is knowing how to lead or follow? With me, your dancing game will skyrocket so everyone would want to dance with you. I know the way and I will guide you through each step of the way. Hop on! It’s gonna be a fun adventure!
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Diego April 27, 2019
· Salsa Dancing · In studio
My experiences with Nadia have been fantastic. She’s a very skilled teacher that’s able to work very well with beginners like myself and more experienced dancers like my partner. I highly recommend her to anyone interested in wanting to learn (or improve) salsa dancing!
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Lauren February 7, 2019
· Dance · In studio
Just finished learning our wedding dance!!!! So excited ! Nadia is amazing-
We did not know how to dance at all and she taught us a beautiful 💃 dance.
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Maurice January 31, 2019
· Dance · In studio
Just finished our wedding dance lessons. I can't believe how quick we learned the dance. Nadia is an amazing instructor.
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Nadia M.

Los Angeles, CA 90025
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$40 / 30-min

About Michael F.

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Los Angeles, CA

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About Michael
I am an award winning actor, writer and producer. I am a Lifetime Member of the Actor's Studio and was recently a series regular on a Fox Pilot from the creators of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia". I have appeared in over 40 national commercials and been the voice of many campaigns including Taco Bell, Kawasaki, Pennzoil and Hyundai. I have had appeared as a guest star on TV, most recently in NCIS and Brooklyn 99.

I have created several shows in various phases of development that he is currently pitching. Most recently, I created and penned, "Dirty Cops", which was an official selection at the 2016 Hollywood Comedy Festival, and the Winner of Best Web-Series in the HollyShorts Festival. In 2018 "Dirty Cops" won The Portland Comedy Film Festival for best dark comedy and best supporting actor. In April I was in Vancouver where "Dirty
Cops" was nominated for Best Comedy and Best Actor at The Vancouver Web-Fest.

I am currently developing a few shows with Philly as the backdrop. Most recently we are in post-production with a half-hour dark comedy called "Kensington" set in Philly. Kensington will be screening in the Beverly Hills Film Festival in April 2019.

I work with actors and writers on finding their unique voice in both their auditions and their writing. I also coach actors on specific Voiceover and Commercial technique.
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Michael F.

Los Angeles, CA 90029
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$59 / 30-min

About WHITNEY V.

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Glendale, CA
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About WHITNEY
LA based Casting Director w/over a decade long experience in Casting and working with students. Former Arts educator. Most of my clients have went on to land outstanding projects and contracts. I teach and tackle many avenues in the entertainment field. Let me know how I can take your further.
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WHITNEY V.

Glendale, CA 91205
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$34 / 15-min

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